Don’t Be Afraid

2 Kings 6:16

“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

This is a “don’t be afraid” for those overwhelmed at the magnitude of the forces that seem to be against them.  It was truly an appalling sight for Elisha’s servant.  Dothan, their residence at that time, was on an isolated hill in a wide plain.  Getting up early  to attend to his accustomed tasks before his master rose, the servant saw a great number of the enemy surrounding the village.  They were completely undefended and apparently at the mercy of this great adversary.  No, we are not at all surprised by the servant’s alarm and dismay.  It must have been an overwhelming sight.

The King of Syria was at war with Israel.  His method of warfare was not by a regular, continued invasion, but by dashes across the border on undefended places.  But he found himself forestalled at every juncture.  Whatever place they decided to attack they found their plans were known, and the carefully planned surprises were defeated.  No wonder he suspected treachery, and, calling his servants together, challenged them regarding these matters.  Their immediate answer implied that they were privy to Elisha’s intervention.  They declared that Jehovah revealed those carefully made plans of theirs to Elisha who instructed the King of Israel.  Therefore the Syrian king determined to send an expedition for the capture of Elisha, never dreaming that this servant of the Lord, who knew all his former schemes, might know of this one, too.

No; we are not at all surprised at the servant’s fear.  And there is no wonder that we, too, are appalled as we think about the forces that are against us.  Around us, even worse foes circle… and not with bright armor as did the foes at Dothan.  A recently retired businessman, in a letter, said:  “These are treacherous times we are living in, and it seems as if our enemy is able to attack us with incredible force in these last, dark days.”  These words ring true.  All the Satanic forces seem to have united in one desperate onslaught against the forces of righteousness and truth, and against God’s own people.  God’s people are not ignorant about these bitter and fierce attacks.

We are as helpless to cope with them as this servant was.  But, why should we fear?  This incident teaches us that we are not alone and deserted even when we seem to be.  Like Elisha, it is our duty, not so much to pray that the Lord would be with us, as to recognize that He already is!  Elisha did not pray that the Lord might come, He was there already.  The manifestation was the miracle,  God’s messengers are always near us.  Remember this; recognize the presence of God and DON’T BE AFRAID.

1 John 4:4

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Psalm 34:7

For the angel of the LORD is a guard;  he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

About John M. Stewart

I am a university administrator, part-time professor, writer, photographer, and a musician. I love live theater, music, hikes in the woods, and walks on the beach. I am a spiritual sojourner. My blog is about this life journey and how my faith impacts and intersects with my life journey. View all posts by John M. Stewart

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